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Old 04-05-2015, 06:14 AM   #1
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5th Wheel Air Con ?

We have gone from an older 38' DP to a 31' TT we bought about 6 months ago. We have decided now that the TT lacks the room and storage a 5th wheel provides so are now looking at some used 5th wheels. We bought a Ford F350 1 ton DRW diesel a few months ago we have everything set but need to find the right 5th wheel.

Question is we live in FL and I use an RV to live in when I work either on the gulf coast or SFL. I have seen many of these with only 1 AC unit in the living area and none in the B/R. I just wonder how cool a B/R would stay in the summer in FL with no dedicated AC unit? Were looking at 33' to 36' units.
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It won't work very well. Get one with dual AC.
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You might want a heat pump instead of a regular AC unit .

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If you find a used one you like with one ac, just tell them to put a second one in. What's the problem?????
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Couple of things about a 2nd AC that is installed aftermarket--often it is just a down discharge into the bedroom. Very loud and easy to freeze you out. You should look at the models that have BOTH ACs ducted into the ceiling--better distribution and quieter in the bedroom.
Finding one like that should be easy. And I would not want to spend summers in FL without 2 ACs.
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If you find a used one you like with one ac, just tell them to put a second one in. What's the problem?????
The big deal is that if it is a factory unit with 1 AC it is probably a 30 amp service. Also very noisy without the proper ducting.
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Yes they are noisy but a bit of wisdom I heard was run them both during the day if needed then shut down the bedroom one at night when things cool down
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Look for a used 5th wheel with dual A/C from the factory or sometimes the factory will wire and run the duct work for two A/C but only put one on from the factory.

Two A/C units are nice as when in the living space you can run the one in the bedroom and visa versa. Keeps things more quiet.

Look at 5th wheels that a rated for full time use. Keystone Montana and Heartland Big Horn come to mind but there are many other good used rigs.
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one A/C unit

You will not be able to sleep in the bedroom with just one A/C in Florida...95 degree temperatures and high humidity the single A/C won't do the job...
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The big deal is that if it is a factory unit with 1 AC it is probably a 30 amp service. Also very noisy without the proper ducting.
I have seen this done to a new trailer by the dealer. They just mounted the unit and ran it out to a 50amp exterior plug. This way you use the main power off the 30a plug as you do today and the 2nd ac runs off the 50a plug in the pedestal. Quite ingenious I thought.
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Yep, in Florida and the Deep South, you would need bedroom a/c that's ducted. The non-ducted unit will work, but it's nice having ability to get both ends of the trailer cool at once.

And it doesn't hurt if the front unit is low profile, like the Dometic Penguin II.
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2 ac units are essential, unless perhaps you park in the shade. Still I'd want two, my 30' 5er only has one and I winter in Vegas, when it hits around 90 and sunny it runs non stop and hovers around 72-76, that's when I head north. I do not have the silver reflective window covers which I've heard helps a lot, but still my next 5er will have 2ac units for sure.
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J-H, does it really hit 90 degrees in winter in Vegas? I snowbird in Florida and am looking for a warmer place to spend January.
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A couple weeks ago it did, it was 50s-60s for highs last couple years during coldest part in jan. Low was 26, but only for a few days, usually doesn't go below freezing. San Diego is nicer, but more expensive. Vegas is super cheap to live if you stay out of the casinos! I am paying$540 a month for a spot with free utilities, including cable and one hbo. I use electric heater all winter, free. There are cheaper places where you pay your own eclectic and stuff starting around $300 but they are kinda dumps and I like the location of this place better, more amenities nearby. It's colder at night but in from the north, never wear much more than a tshirt, 60 and sunny with no wind is hot here, to me anyway, the locals wear arctic expedition gear, haha!
http://m.vegas.com/weather/averages.html
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